Improving Student Achievement Through Counselor Effectiveness

Improving Student Achievement Through Counselor Effectiveness

This one-day of professional development is focused on the effectiveness of counselor programs.  Along with the one-day of professional development, NISL will provide each school counselor from the four schools one day of follow-up/coaching.

The PD session will include not only each counselor, but also their school principal/ assistant principal (who is responsible for the counselor evaluation), and any district leaders working with student support. The NISL Improving Student Achievement thru Counselor Effectiveness Institute one-day institute is intended for Principals or Assistant Principals alongside their building Counselors.

Improving counseling program’s quality, which will ultimately improve student achievement, is the goal of a school counselor’s evaluation. Mississippi revised the evaluation system (MS Counselor Professional Growth System) to increase rigor and align counselor standards with the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Standards.  This creates the need for principals and evaluators to develop a better understanding of what counselors should know and be able to do within their schools if they are providing support to increase student achievement.

Counselor observations can tell us a lot about the quality of counseling programs, however, they can’t measure all that encompasses effective counseling. When designing the observation process, the inclusion of opportunities for meaningful feedback is the best way to engage counselors in appropriate conversations about their practice.  Targeted conversations will allow principals to gain a deeper understanding of what a counselor knows and is able to do. This allows the principal and counselor the opportunity to build a better foundation for professional development that will improve counseling program quality.

The following objectives will be covered but will not be limited to in the one day of professional development and day of follow up on-site coaching. Participants Will:

  • Be able to apply strategies gained from this session to focus on advanced counseling practices that affect student achievement
  • Be able to differentiate what counselors need to know and be able to do to demonstrate effectiveness for each of the MS Counseling Standards
  • Be able to set priorities for the counseling program that affect the school improvement goals and student achievement
  • Be able to utilize strategies to develop a deeper understanding of domains and standards to improve counseling programs that are aligned with the school improvement goals
  • Be able to create and measure their SMART goals using data they have examined along with their timeline.
  • Be able to share implications and receive recommendations for working with other district counselors, principals, and district leadership.


During the follow-up with a NISL national-certified and Licensed counselor,  counselors will share the following to be examined in relation to student achievement:

  • Counseling program goals aligned with School Improvement goals
  • Data used to determine counseling program goals
  • School Counselor Curriculum Action Plan
  • Communication efforts with teachers, parents, students

This session is reserved for only teachers and administrations from:

  • (Hinds County) Carver Middle School

  • (Hinds County) Utica Middle School

  • (Jackson Public) Lanier High School

  • (Jackson Public) Wingfield High School

  • Hinds Community College

If you are not in one of those five institutes, you are not permitted to attend.

Date Time Session Instructor Faciliator Venue
Thu, Aug 30, 2018 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM All Day Session Julia Cole Susan Scott Clyde Muse Center, Hinds Community College-Rankin Campus
Special Accomodations
Disabilities If you have a disability that would need an accommodation (wheelchair, visual impairment, etc.), please contact us so that we can best accommodate you.
Food Allergies If you have a food allergy or preference (vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, etc.), please contact us so that we can best accommodate you.

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